Breast Augmentation Recovery Guide
Posted July 15, 2019 in Breast Augmentation
After breast augmentation surgery, it takes time for your breasts to recover and settle. But with our busy lives, most women are looking to get back to their usual routine as quickly as possible. Here are some tips for a quicker, more comfortable recovery and information on what to expect after your procedure.
The First Few Days
Patients are advised to take it easy and get plenty of rest while they recuperate and adjust to their new breasts.
A supportive surgical bra is provided and is to be worn continuously for the first five to seven days. The bra may be removed to shower on day two. By supporting your new curves, these garments will prevent excessive bruising and swelling. Most patients experience mild pressure, discomfort, tenderness, swelling, or bruising in their chest, but prescription medications can be taken to ease these symptoms. After two days of relaxing, most patients can begin to move around.
After One Week
As your symptoms subside, it will gradually become safer to resume light physical activities, such as walking. Typically, within the first week, patients can return to light work or casual activities but no strenuous activities.
After Two Weeks
By the second week, patients have usually resumed many of their daily functions and have progressed well into their recovery. At this point, overly strenuous chores or activities should still be avoided.
After Six Weeks
Patients have generally returned to their daily routines and are feeling back to their normal selves. Strenuous activity is permitted. Weight training can be resumed. If the incision is sealed, bathing and swimming are permitted. Final results will become evident as symptoms diminish. A new bra may be purchased and underwire bras are permitted.
Tips for Healing
- Avoid pressure or excessive movement in your chest area
- Have someone handle your daily chores and childcare for the first few days following the procedure
- Do not lift anything heavy until cleared by your physician
- Follow your postoperative care instructions
- Ask questions if you are feeling off, think your recovery is abnormal, or experience adverse side effects or an allergic reaction
- Prepare a comfortable environment ahead of time, so you have everything you need for the first few days of your recovery (extra pillows, electronic devices with chargers, magazines, a friend or loved one to assist you, etc.)
- Gently apply a cold compress to aid with swelling and bruising
- Wear loose-fitting clothing that doesn’t require lifting your arms
- Drink plenty of water and eat light, healthy meals
- Sleep on your back with pillows to prop you up, helping you to get in and out of bed easier
- Avoid sleeping on your stomach for six weeks, or until cleared by your surgeon
- Eat something light (crackers, toast, or other similar nibbles) before taking pain medication to prevent nausea
- Try to maintain a positive mindset and outlook
- Be patient with your recovery
Once you have fully recovered, your breasts become more natural-feeling. Many patients find clothing options to better highlight their new cleavage and, as a result, experience increased self-esteem.
After your consultation, Dr. Koch will recommend a surgical plan and provide the details of your procedure so you can feel comfortable and confident in your decision.